FGS Nominating Committee By-Election: Biographical Statements August 2016

Faculty Members' Biographical Statements

Petitions Committee

Peter Khaiter (Graduate Program in Information Systems & Technology)

My career as a university professor approaches a three-decade milestone this year. Over this period, I have taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in the fields of information technology, computer science, mathematics, economics, ecology as well as their cross- and inter-sections. My research program is also multi-disciplinary, focusing on mathematical modeling of anthropogenic impact onto, and economic assessment of, natural resources with respect to their multiple ecological, economic and social services, forest hydrology, ecology and management, environmental economics, ecosystem stability, sustainable environmental development, information systems for environmental management, health informatics, artificial intelligence and optimal control with environmental applications, and biological methods of environmental monitoring in aquatic systems. My research results have been reported in more than 100 publications which include monographs, book chapters, journal articles and refereed conference proceedings.

Since joining York in 2000, I have been serving on a number of committees at the Departmental, Faculty and University levels. For many years, I am also involved in international scholarly activities, such as membership and leadership in professional organizations, editorial positions, refereeing for several international journals and reviewing for top professional conferences.

My most relevant experience in dealing with complicated student cases is related to service as a member and two-term elected chair on the LA&PS Faculty Council Committee on Student Appeals and Academic Integrity as well as chairing of the Student Hearings and Appeals Panels. I hope my experience will be of particular benefit for the FGS Petitions Committee.

Jian-Guo Wang (Graduate Program in Earth & Space Science)

Dr.-Ing. Jianguo Wang has been a faculty member in the Department of Earth and Space Science Engineering (ESSE) since 2006. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario. In Geomatics Engineering, he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from Wuhan Technical University of Surveying and Mapping (WTUSM, now merged with Wuhan University), and his Dr.-Ing. (Doktor der Ingenieurwissenschaften) from Universität der Bundeswehr München (University of The Federal Armed Forces Munich), Germany with summa cum laude. He worked as Senior Navigation Engineer at Applanix Corp. from 1999 to 2006, and was Assistant Lecturer, Lecturer at WTUSM from 1982 to 1993. With more than 30 years of academic and industrial experience in China, Germany and Canada, his current research interests mainly focus on multisensor (GNSS receivers/IMUs/imaging sensors etc.) integrated kinematic positioning and navigation, precision Engineering Surveying, mobile mapping, GNSS, and advanced data processing methodologies (Least-Squares, Kalman filter and applied statistics).

He served or serves the following committees: FSE Teaching and Learning Committee (2010-2013), FSE Engineering Management and Planning Committee (2008-2013), FSE Committee on Examinations and Academic Standards (Alternate Member, 2010-2013), Geomatics Engineering Curriculum Committee (2006~), Faculty Search Committee (2007-2008). He was York’s Representative in the Committee of “Major Review of Joint Boards Syllabus for Land Surveyors”, Canadian Council of Land Surveyors (2007-2009). He is also a member of PEO Experience Requirements Committee (2010–), Associate Member of Association of Ontario Land Surveyors) (2010–) and a member of Canadian Institute of Geomatics (2010-).

Henny Westra (Graduate Program in Psychology)

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology in the area of Clinical Psychology, and have proudly been at York since 2004. I have a strong interest in facilitating graduate student development and training, and am heavily involved in teaching graduate courses and individual graduate students. I also serve on numerous thesis and dissertation committees as a committee member and often serve as dean’s representative for oral defenses. My research program involves conducting clinical trials and psychotherapy process research to investigate the impact of integrating motivational interventions into mainstream psychotherapy for anxiety. In addition to the scholarly contributions, this work also makes a unique and strong contribution to graduate student training through their involvement as therapists, diagnosticians, process coders, etc. I have also previously served on the Faculty of Graduate Studies Awards Committee and the Petitions Committees for both the Faculty of Health (two 2-year terms) and the Faculty of Graduate Studies (one 2-year term). As such I am well acquainted with the work of the committee and the important role it plays in ensuring thorough and fair review of graduate student program grievances and would be pleased to serve in this role again.